Danny Sugerman, best known as the manager of legendary rock bands The Doors and Iggy Pop, is set to have his life adapted to the big screen. Sugerman, who passed away in 2005, recorded his time in the rock n’ roll trenches in his 1989 memoir WONDERLAND AVENUE. The story has been set up at New Regency, with David Fincher attached to produce. No word on whether Fincher has eyes to direct.
Wonderland Avenue recounts Sugerman’s life, beginning with his privileged-but-troubled childhood in Beverly Hills that set the stage for later self-destructive addictions. He developed a close bond with Jim Morrison, referring to the iconic frontman as his ‘teacher’. After The Doors, Sugerman went on to manage Iggy Pop before they both wound up in California State mental hospitals, suffering from excessive drug and alcohol addiction syndrome when Sugerman was just 21.
“He was a fine, good, and decent man,” said Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek after Sugerman passed. “Smart as a whip with a very high I.Q. He was my great friend. I’ve known him since he was fourteen years old, and he gradually developed into one of the new breed of Jewish American Buddhists.”
Sugerman wrote or co-authored everal books about The Doors, including the best-selling No One Here Gets Out Alive, a biography of Jim Morrison.
Fincher is currently directing and executive producing two series for HBO, Utopia and Video Synchronicity. The former is a collaboration with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. It follows a group of die-hard fans of a beloved, underground novel, who find themselves in their own thriller when they learn that the author has secretly written a sequel, dragging them all into a twisted game.
Video Synchrocity is based on an original idea from Fincher–based partially on his own early career. Set in 1983, the series follows an ambitious filmmaker named Robby, who drops out of college to travel to Hollywood and make a sci-fi film. His dreams don’t go exactly as planned, however, when he starts out as an assistant at a music video company.
Fincher is repped by Joshua Donen.
Emily J | Staff Writer